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Empire Rooftop - Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel, New York, NY

Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

4.4
4.4
651 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
The Empire Rooftop is located on the top floor of the iconic Empire Hotel and overlooks the Lincoln Center complex. With over 8000 square feet of interior and exterior space, The Empire Rooftop has a seasonal open-air East Terrace, a West Terrace with a retractable roof cover, an Interior Main Lounge, and a seasonal Sun Deck. Enjoy our Signature Empire Sunset Cocktail, a light bite from our appetizer menu, and take a photo in front of the iconic neon sign to complete your experience.

Guests of all ages (accompanied by a Parent) are welcome on the roof until 8PM, when those under 21 must vacate.

Visit our website at www.theempirerooftop.com for more information.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 2:00 pm–12:00 am Wed–Fri 2:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 265-2600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Private Dining: We are available for Private Events for up to 250 Guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Rooftop Lounge: Ideal for Corporate and Social Events such as Holiday Parties, Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and Summer Outings.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 445-8420

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Cross street

    63rd and Broadway

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Lincoln Center - 1 Train

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 651 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Manhattan

    Cocktail Bar

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top 👍 #gossipgirlmoment
  2. JH

    JenniH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I made a reservation and they sat us in an awkward table in a side room that was large and mostly empty despite there being tables available in the main area. They also sat us directly facing the only other group in the large space which was really awkward.
  3. ES

    EnnisS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    My second visit (the first was this summer, and it was great), this time to celebrate a friend's birthday. Our drinks had been served, and we were settled. So it disconcerting to be told by a headset wearing guy that we had to move (as were the patrons next to us). The excuse was that a large party had made a reservation and they needed the table. WE'D made a reservation--you'd think with 2 reservations it might've been better planned. Never in all my New York years, have I been asked to move to accommodate other dinner guests. It felt brusque. Thereafter, though the servers were cordial, I and my guest couldn't shake a sense that we were being rushed to wrap our evening. We were patient with the staff--we moved--but something about the way we were handled felt off. For the money, not the best ambience to celebrate my friend's birthday. By the way, headset guy offered to buy us a round for our patience--of course we never saw him again after we were moved.
  4. GD

    GaryD

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice spot for light meal and drinks pre Lincoln Center event. Very attentive and friendly service staff. Flatbreads were great, calamari not so much. Only issue I had was it was a really nice night and would have lived to be seated outside, but these were "reserved"...yet there were many free tables when we arrived as when we left. Would have thought our card held reservation for a table and showing up would count for something.
  5. p

    pauls

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor lanai. lovely cocktails and fun little bites. would go back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I was allone, and they have reserve the worse table in the bar.
  7. MR

    MatthewR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    It was great and then out of nowhere a DJ set up and started blasting music. Didn’t really fit the theme of a sit down and drink type place
  8. M

    Martha

    New York Area

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great location for a cocktail and appetizers before a performance at Lincoln Center. Server introduced himself but other people provided service-- pleasant but no follow up to request for water. Could be a little more attentive without becoming obtrusive.
  9. A

    Andrea

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great view, delicious food and drinks! it was easy to book.
  10. CM

    ChantaleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, friendly staff, delicious food!!! Definitely recommend this place!!
  11. CW

    CurtisW

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    It was fine. Not great, but not bad. It needs to decide if it’s a club, or a bar, or a garden restaurant.
  12. JM

    JMAC

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    The food was very mediocre. There is no view when one is seated. Seems silly for a rooftop restaurant. Won't be back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice ambient, perfect for a get together with friends or businesses.
  14. G

    Great

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty nice, great service, unbeatable views of the city
  15. a

    amys

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Drinks before a Lincoln Center performance. You cannot ask for a better locale or view for that purpose. First time there since before covid and it’s a little worn but drinks and food were good (but pricey) and the service was great. Our server knew our curtain time and made sure everything we ordered would come in time for us to enjoy properly. Would still go back before the next performance attended.
  16. MB

    MonaB

    New York Area

    83 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    I am so disappointed in my recent visit. The bar area/lounge looks very ugly and dilapidated. The furnishings are old and look it. And the food, was such a waste of money. We both ordered eggs Benedict. I doubt there was one piece of ham used for BOTH orders. Medallions of white bread no bigger than the size of a small egg. Disappointed doesn’t describe it. With all of the choices in the area, you guys must do better.
  17. GR

    GregRay

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Not a good location for brunch. Very limited brunch menu (4 items). Bar menu also available, but really doesn't have brunch items on it. Only one waitress on duty for the entire bar. She did her best, but needed more help. We ordered two brunch entrees: one arrived in five minutes but the other took 20 minutes. Avocado toast was bland and tasteless -- a bit of avocado spread on toast with shredded lettuce piled on top. Flatbread with fried egg was better, but the egg was undercooked. Oh, and the drinks -- somehow the bar couldn't make a Bellini. It is supposed to have peach puree - mine came out with what tasted like thin, day-old orange juice. Maybe they gave me a bad mimosa? In any event, avoid this place for brunch.
  18. n

    nochainsplease

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good small plates , nice atmosphere and pleasant service. The music made conversation a challenge.
  19. M

    Myche

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was great and it’s right across from Lincoln center so the location is perfect for pre-opera bites but the elevator to the rooftop took forever so I would def build in time for that!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Had a lovely birthday here, celebrated here the past three years! A great place for big parties!
  21. c

    catsteck

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The server didn’t tell us that two dishes that we ordered comes fries with them when we ordered fries separately. We ended up having so much fries left over He didn’t have to tell us, and we could have asked as well, but it just makes him not deserve 5 stars
  22. NJ

    NJUnited

    New York Area

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an excellent if less-well known place to dine before an event at Lincoln Center, or anytime in fact. The food is very tasty and the service is friendly, attentive and efficient. A caveat: there was a problem with the system (not our servers fault) when we tried to share the bill with our friends.
  23. RC

    RajC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service.awesome ambience
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice dinner and drinks. Love the place always
  25. EF

    EddieF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am changing my review! After having a bit of a underwhelming first visit to Empire, the General Manager, Elpidio, kindly invited my girlfriend and I back for a free round of drinks and appetizers. We were spoiled with the best table service I've ever experienced and multiple staff members approaching our table and offering us their kind regards. It was a beautiful cool evening and another manager Johana was so lovely and kind enough to place us at the best table on the rooftop and treat us to a delicious dessert and final drink. Empire Rooftop embodies some of the best service I've seen in a restaurant/bar in Manhattan and truly cares about the experience of their customers. I will be returning soon!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and great hospitality by William and Joanna. Definitely would come back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Service was slow, moved us multiple times, space was old and dingy. Needs an upgrade
  28. AL

    AshL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had an amazing night. The detail touches the wait staff and General Manager made throughout the entire experience meant so much. Drinks and food were delicious. The Gossip Girl is a must try!
  29. PG

    PascalG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    🤟🏻Hello baby how are You .. i Am very happy . Hello baby
  30. L

    Lubna

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hosted a fashion week after party with about 12 industry folks and we loved it! Manager was so accommodating and staff was lovely. Amazing views & great experience. Def recommend.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Everything looked dirty and old. The glasses were plastic. Vodka in my cocktail tasted horible.
  32. s

    susan1

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of the best views in Manhattan… That’s quite a place to take someone when you want a quiet couch with a great view either indoors or out
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    My friends and I were in town from Florida for the US Open. Some of us had not been to NYC in years. I did a lot of research hoping to find a place that was a great experience with an amazing rooftop view. I thought Empire Rooftop would be perfect. I made us a reservation (which required a deposit) and requested outdoor seating. When we arrived we were led to an inside seating area. This wouldn’t have been a huge deal had we had great service, however, our server was rude and had a snooty attitude. There were 6 of us and we spent a lot of money. My friend asked if she could have her check and the young woman brought her the check for all of us. When my friend asked her if we could do separate checks she very rudely told her, “no,” and spoke to her in a demeaning manner. We are all professional, polite, and friendly women in our 40’s-50’s and were treated like dirt from this woman young enough to be one of our daughters. It was unbelievable.
  34. LF

    LamarrF

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You must come here looking dapper and prepared to mingle to fully appreciate the experience. The ambience and decor are impeccable and the service is attentive without being imposing. Definitely my recommendation for a late night drink or your next group outing.
  35. c

    caitlinc

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly Recommend. Lovely service, great place. Great views of the City!
  36. QD

    QueenofDiamonds

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Security was rude. It wasn’t busy last night and yet it took our waitress 30 minutes to come take our order. Poor customer service from all involved.
  37. DC

    DisnellaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The food options are not enough, portions too small for the price and quality. Outside sitting should be updated.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Great frozè but the service was bad and it took many many times asking to get our drinks, water and to close our tabs out at the end of the night when we were ready to leave.
  39. RG

    RuthG

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot for an afternoon snack and drink - wonderful staff and service!!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very a nice place , went a bit late and still had great service , didn’t feel rush or uncomfortable will come again soon

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 651 OpenTable diners.

Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street

    63rd and Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 2:00 pm–12:00 am Wed–Fri 2:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Lincoln Center - 1 Train

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 265-2600

  • Catering

    Private Dining: We are available for Private Events for up to 250 Guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Rooftop Lounge: Ideal for Corporate and Social Events such as Holiday Parties, Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and Summer Outings.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 445-8420

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